AFTER his win in the West Midlands a week earlier, Commonwealth Games cross-country MTB champion Liam Killeen switched his attention to South Wales and rode away with the top honours in Abergavenny Road Club?s cyclo-cross at the town?s sports centre today.
The Team Specialized rider finished with one and a half minutes to spare over local rival Lee Williams (CC Abergavenny) as 10?times Welsh champion Julian Winn settled for third.
In a repeat of last season?s Midlands regional championship, Dave Collins (Scott UK) attacked near the bell as former title holder Jim Bryan (Plan B Racing) took a spare bike, opening up a 15-second lead in the latest round of the West Midlands League staged by Mercia CC on a new course at Rosliston Forestry Centre, near Burton on Trent.
Coincidentally, it was also a repeat of last winter?s South East regional championship when Jamie Newall (Evans Cycles RT) beat Dan Duguid (Sigma Sport RT) to win San Fairy Ann CC?s first cyclo-cross promotion, a London League qualifer, on another new course at Chainhurst, Kent, today.
Stuart Bowers, the South of England champion, led a one-two for the Hargroves Cycles squad when he beat team-mate Tim Dunford in Crabwood CC?s event at Southampton Sports Centre.
Abergavenny RC (Abergavenny Sports Centre).- Liam Killeen (Specialized) 12 miles in 50-05; 2, L. Williams (CC Abergavenny) at 1-30; 3, J. Winn (unatt) at 1-40.
Mercia CC (Rosliston Forestry Centre, nr Burton on Trent).- Dave Collins (Scott UK) 10 miles in 51-23; 2, J. Bryan (Plan B Racing) at 15sec; 3, D. Atkins (Coventry RC) at 1-30.
San Fairy Ann CC (Chainhurst, Kent).- Jamie Newall (Evans Cycles RT) 14 miles in 58-37; 2, D. Duguid (Sigma Sport RT) at 2sec; 3, A. Paton (VC Deal) at 57sec.
Crabwood CC (Southampton Sports Centre).- Stuart Bowers (Hargroves Cycles) 12 miles in 54-37; 2, T. Dunford (Hargroves Cycles) at 1-58; 3, A. Lansley (Pedal On) at 2-44.